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Amsterdam has a tolerant attitude to homosexuals and Dutch gays and lesbians have the same rights as heterosexual couples. Homosexuality was decriminalised in the Netherlands in 1811 and the legal age of consent was lowered to 16 in 1971.
Pink Point is the gay and lesbian information kiosk in Amsterdam. It is open all year round for tourist information and souvenirs and gifts.
The Amsterdam police department operates a project known as Roze in Blauw, which can assist anyone from the LGBT community who is being discrimated against or harrassed due to their sexuality.
Unveiled in 1987, the Homomonument is a memorial to homosexuals killed in the Second World War. It is a focal point for many of the events in Amsterdam and a symbol of inspiration to homosexuals across the world.
COC (Cultuur en Ontspannings-Centrum), or Centre for Culture and Leisure, is the oldest (and also perhaps the largest) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender association in the world.
COC aims to help with strategic policies, networking, promoting lesbian and gay interests, housing issues, organisational advice and human resources and finances.
Love Exiles Foundation (Stichting Love Exiles) is an Amsterdam-based organisation that organises social events and supports same-sex couples living, moving or planning to move to the Netherlands. The association also works to raise awareness of immigration issues facing gay and lesbian couples.
The Gay & Lesbian Switchboard is a telephone advisory service for homosexuals in Amsterdam. It is a volunteer organisation and all calls are anonymous.
Gay Swim Amsterdam (GSA) is a club for swimming, triathlon training, synchronised swimming and water polo for homosexuals.
The CHJC (Christelijk Homo Jongeren Contact) Dutch Association of Christian Gays and Lesbians unites homosexual Christians. It organises social, cultural and sporting events to help homosexuals integrate into the Church and society.
Gala is a non-profit group that organises homomonument events, parties and special projects.
Amsterdam hosts a variety of annual and special events.
Amsterdam Gay Pride: August parade with street entertainment and activities for Amsterdam’s gay community. It includes a parade along the Prinsengracht canal.
Roze Film Dagen: The Pink Film Days film festival is usually held in December at the Filmhuis Cavia.
MVS Radio is Amsterdam’s radio station for gays and lesbians.